may i just add... since you're in college and all. I highly suggest not putting 450 on your motor until you can completely afford forged internals. 450 is right at the breaking point, and being in college and all (well actually i'm a senior in HS), i know money's tight.Well I have a vortech and love it. it is non intercooled but i plan on getting one because it gets really hot in TN in the summer. Never driven it in hotter weather than 75 yet so I dont konw how it will react to heat yet. I think the main difference in the two is the oil situation. I plan on getting the intercooler TB and plenium then keep it that way for a while. Im looking to be around 450 rwhp on a stock motor. then after college build an engine.
You are definatly correct on watching the numbers...dont try and get the biggest numbers you can get...besides hp #'s are just numbers, driver is more important. 450 is a number that is achievable, but not practical...get a very safe tune that will keep you around 380 or so until you get the money to forge...300+ is more than enough to have fun on the streets.i would stay around 400. Add controll arms and subframes and that 400 will feel like 450. JMO